- SIZE: 1
- GROOMING:: 8
- EXERCISE NEEDS: 6
- GOOD WITH DOGS: 6
- WATCHDOG: 7
- BREED: Mal-Shi
- COLOR(S):Many colors and patterns.
A Mal-Shi is a hybrid that is a cross-breed of a Maltese and a Shih Tzu and may demonstrate any combination of traits from those two breeds. The experimentation of these hybrid or designer dogs has not been recognized by the American Kennel Club or Canadian Kennel Club. The key to cross breeding to purebred dogs is what is called hybrid vigor, the breeding resulting in a healthier dog with superior genetic constitution can come from dogs purebred for so long that they have common genetic disorders. Therefore, be sure to choose reliable Mal-Shi breeders when buying Mal-Shi puppies.
The ideal Mal-shi is affectionate, loving, and devoted. They should be playful, spunky, and clever. Mal-shi puppies and dogs do best in a home with older, considerate children. They generally do well with dogs and non-canine pets. Mal-shi puppies and dogs are wary and suspicious of strangers and are quick to alert their family to visitors and out of the ordinary sounds.
The coat of the Mal-shi is typically long, straight, and dense. They may or may not have a double coat.
Mal-shi puppies and dogs may be prone to such health issues as slipped stifle, skin problems, eye and respiratory problems, and spinal disc disease.
Mal-Shi dogs are well suited for apartment living provided they are sufficiently exercised and mentally stimulated. They are able to meet the majority of their exercise needs indoors but enjoy securely leashed walks, family play sessions, and off-lead play time in a securely fenced yard.
Early socialization and obedience are recommended. Mal-shi puppies and dogs may be stubborn and difficult to housebreak. They will not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with firmness, fairness, patience, and consistency.